Sunday, August 3, 2008

Obama to announce Evan Bayh as veep in Elkhart on Wednesday?

With the Beijing Olympics set to begin Friday, and continuing until the day before the Democratic National Convention starts, Barack Obama's last chance to make a pre-convention vice-presidential selection without competing against the Olympics in the news cycle would be early this week... say, Tuesday or Wednesday.

So: where will Obama be on Tuesday and Wednesday? In the land of the Fighting Irish:

[T]he traveling press registration e-mail has us flying to South Bend at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and not leaving until 3:25 p.m. the next day.

As the article notes, 21 hours in northern Indiana "seems like an awfully long time to be in one place." (Memo to the press pool: if you're bored Tuesday night, head on down to the Backer -- which will be townie-dominated, what with Domers on summer break -- and get a window into the "white working class"...)

Anyway, what could this mean? A long, mid-week visit to Indiana, right before the Olympics? Could this be the big announcement at last? Obama-Weis '08? ;)

Actually, the speculation is that it could mean Bayh's the guy:

The visit...could be to announce the selection of Senator Evan Bayh as Obama’s running mate. ... Democratic sources say Secret Service is working out details with local police that would include a motorcade. ... Sources say the details appear to be different than a normal presidential candidate visit.

There will be a rally in Elkhart on Wednesday morning, according to the South Bend Tribune. There is no official word yet on whether Bayh will be in attendance. The event will be open to the public. (Hat tip: Herbert.)

Needless to say, if Obama ends up announcing his veep selection just down the road from Notre Dame, it will only add to my jealous angst over the amount of awesome election-related activity happening this year in every place I've ever lived, except East Tennessee.